http://soundcloud.com/mark-and-the-gortones/mark-track-1 – Hear a Northern Soul classic tortured and finally murdered. By me.
Round about 1970 was when I joined the in-crowd. I cut off my hair, learnt how to get my kicks out on the floor, and swore I’d just keep on keepin’ on. Northern Soul was a unique phenomenon, youngsters from Lancaster down to Stoke seeking out the best American dance music the rest of the world seemed to ignore.
I have no idea how it began, although I seem to remember the Stax label becoming a crucial part of the northern music scene in the late sixties. I grew up in Blackburn and, when I was eleven or twelve, I heard about the Stax club that had opened up there. Suddenly, and almost impossibly, ‘Blackburn’ sounded exciting, the way ‘Nashville’ and ‘Memphis’ did on the radio.